Retail overview: Recovery mode

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Men’s business has rebounded, but few stores are back to ’07 levels… “Men are primed to come back; there’s still pent-up demand!” David Witman, Nordstrom We were very pleased with menswear this past fall/holiday: we beat plan, which was our goal. (Editor’s note: Nordstrom same-store sales for December were up 8.4 percent; total sales for […]

Vegas Recap: Fall 2011 Hit List

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After the dust settles, the Vegas trade shows were less about Innovation or Invention and more about Irresistible Items. Though there was no single driving trend or direction, there was plenty of great product and lots of categories that have not yet peaked at retail. If you haven’t pushed luxury knits, softcoats, sumptuous scarves, cool […]

Schmoozing: Family ties, Las Vegas

Jimmy and Alan Au

It’s tough enough to live with family, let alone live and work with them. Yet these folks do it with style! The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

Obituary: Nancy Cesarani 1939-2011

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Nancy Marie Cesarani, the woman behind designer Salvatore Cesarani and a creative talent in her own right, died of cancer on Tuesday. Born on May 29, 1939 in Brooklyn, Nancy graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries and did an internship at a couture house in Rome. Her father was a painter, her mother […]

Schmoozing: The Marshall Kline dinner

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Marshall Kline of the Los Angeles-based Marshall Kline Buying Service hosted his dinner for retailers at a Las Vegas steakhouse last week. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

Catching up with Italian Trade Commissioner Aniello Musella

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Italian Trade Commissioner Aniello Musella talks about Italian menswear in the U.S. The Italians will have a major presence at the Vegas MRket show next week, as you had in NYC. How is business for Italian menswear makers? What are you expecting in Vegas? There was a 50 percent increase in Italian companies that showed […]

Richard Arnstein: A merchant’s merchant

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Richard Arnstein, new EVP/GMM of Macy’s menswear, is known to be instinctive and strategic. Richard Arnstein couldn’t be happier to be back in menswear. He started his career at A&S in 1979, moving up the ranks in various men’s departments, surviving mergers and acquisitions and ending up as Macy’s SVP of jewelry and marketing director […]

Dallas Men’s Show: A Good One!

Ardie Ulukaya

Retailers who attended the January men’s show at The World Trade Center in Dallas were surprisingly upbeat and energized. For an editor from NYC, meeting regional reps is much of the fun. “Our success comes from being in the stores,” says Richard Binder, national sales manager of Tulliano, who personally spends about 20 weeks a […]

Catching up with clothing guru Ron Wurtzburger

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…on the precarious sourcing scenario in China. So how do you plan a business with prices out of China changing every day?Fortunately we saw it coming and bought much of our needs in advance. It’s like anything else: supply vs. demand. China had virtually no domestic business until they suddenly took a percentage of their […]

February 2011 Editor’s Letter: Pressure’s on…

Karen Alberg Grossman

The consumer mood is better, but hardly buoyant. Whatʼs a conventional store to do? When we asked our readers for their gripes about the menswear industry (page 24), we got this complaint from an independent specialty store: “What bothers me is that Rue La La (one of many online sites that sells better/designer apparel offprice) […]